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“Intercourse with Foreign Philosophers”: Anglo-German Collaboration and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1870–1914

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Through a focus on Anglo-German collaborations, this chapter argues that enthusiastic cooperation with scientists from other countries remained not simply a vital feature of the activities of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) from its beginnings in the early 1830s through to the years of the First World War, but also a fundamental and irremovable aspect of its self-perception, both at an institutional and individual level. The chapter focuses on the years between 1870 and 1914, as this is the period in which many historians have identified an important shift in the activities and ideology of the BAAS. The argument put forward in the chapter draws upon a recent reinterpretation of the nineteenth century, not simply as the age of the nation state, but also as an era of growing globalization, in which cross-border contacts played an increasingly important role.

Keywords: Anglo-German collaboration; BAAS; First World war; globalization



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